As vacation and roadtrip season is coming, it’s always a good idea to be prepared in advance for everything that can or will go wrong, especially if you are traveling with kids. If you are already dreading hearing, “Are we there yet?” this list might help the hours go by with ease!
A Tote for Picnic items
If you plan to stop for food somewhere other than a restaurant, it’s a good idea to have the paper plates, silverware and trash bags handy. Pack this tote last in the car for easy access when you open the back/truck. It’s also a good idea to keep some hand sanitizer, a table cloth and a good knife handy.
Important Phone Numbers
If you own your own car, like most of us do, it’s a great idea to keep phone numbers for your insurance agency for auto and homeowners handy. The last thing you want is to get stranded somewhere or in an accident and not know who to call. If you belong to AAA, it’s also good to program their local and national phone numbers into your phone.
A Collapsible Cooler
Always have a snack and drink on hand for the kids to avoid unwanted stops for a rumbly tummy. This can save you money as well, by buying in bulk. By far, the most expensive place to buy snacks when traveling are the convenience stores attached to roadside gas stations. It’s best to hit the grocery before you leave for the best prices. Plus, when you get to your destination, just squish it down flat, and save space.
Electricity Power Inverter
Everyone knows that nowadays, the best “time-consuming” activities usually involve a TV, computer, or game system or some sort. If you are traveling with kids, this may be a great way to entertain them. These adapters, which plug into the cigarette lighter cost anywhere from $30-60 depending on wattage. These can power just about anything, including TVs, phone chargers, mini-refrigerators, etc. Just remember that they only work when the engine is running.
The best way to keep your children occupied is to provide them with so many things to do; they can barely pick what to start with! Anything from a small plastic storage bin to a activity tray could work. Some even hang over the back of the seat, so the child can easily grab what they need. Fill these with coloring books, crayons, snacks, games, and movies. You can even bring a cookie sheet with magnets to practice spelling, or colors and shapes!
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